Verizon

  • Verizon Gets the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone


    Today isn’t a bad day to be a Verizon customer. It just announced that it would be carrying the new BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone. The new device features CDMA and GSM capabilities, making it functional in both the US and Europe. The phone features a QVGA screen, microSD and EV-DO. No camera, but don’t know many people who actually takes shots with their phones so that… Read More

  • Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan Not So Unlimited

    Having EVDO on a notebook when you’re out and about is certainly a treat. But all good things must come to an end and in this case, it just so happens to be the word “unlimited”. For over a year now, Verizon has been touting its EVDO data plan as “unlimited,” when in reality, if you went over 5GB of downloads a month, your service would be cancelled for fear that… Read More

  • Vonage Stays Afloat With New Deal

    After rumors of Vonage folding and Verizon’s infamous patent infringement case, things just weren’t looking good for the popular VoIP provider. But now, thanks to a new two-year deal with VoIP Inc., Vonage can now stay alive and win back some customers. The deal between Vonage and VoIP Inc. will allow Vonage to basically outsource calls placed by customers. This way, Vonage can… Read More

  • Create Your Own MVNO With Sonopia

    This idea may seem a bit bold at first, but with the right execution, it could end up being a smash hit. Sonopia has purchased minutes and service from Verizon and will now let you create a personalized MVNO. No need to deal with companies like Sprint or Helio anymore — now you’re the boss. You can build plans, add services, and have friends, groups, or whoever you want join in. Read More

  • LG's U.S. Shine: The Verizon VX8700


    This shine doesn’t have the “I can kill you with this thing” styling of the Korean LG Shine, but I suppose thin is in here across the pond and clearly that’s where LG is headed. This diminutive CDMA clamshell is pretty styling with punched metal buttons and brushed metal stylin’. Is it good for the road warrior. Nah. Would I kick it out of bed for eating toffee? Read More

  • LG Announces Coupla' CDMA Clams

    With CTIA in full effect and John full of Captain Morgan, phones are being released and announced every few seconds it seems. The latest batch includes two new LG clamshell-style phones: the VX-8700 and LX-570. The VX-8700 is part of the “Shine” series of phones LG has been working on and includes EV-DO, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, microSD, and all that jazz. It also… Read More

  • TiVo Remote Scheduling Launches On Verizon

    Finally! God knows TiVo owners have wanted to record shows remotely for the longest time and now, thanks to Verizon Wireless, it’s completely possible. A downloadable app is available for Verizon customers who also own a Series 2 or Series 3 TiVo box and want to record shows while on the go. All “Get It Now” phones are compatible with the service, including favorites like… Read More

  • Novatel V740 Rev A ExpressCard Brings The Speed (For A Price)

    Due out of the end of March is the Novatel V740 Revision A ExpressCard for Verizon. Aside from having an extremely long product name, this card will give you some fantastic speeds whether you use OS X or Windows. However, this card isn’t as cheap as we’d like it to be. You can nab it online for $110 with a 2-year contract from 3Gstore.com and word on the street is that Verizon may… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Verizon Bills Vonage $58 Million for Infringement

    Bubbly, nationally advertised Vonage may lose the right to offer VOIP services at the hand of Verizon. On Friday, Verizon won its patent infringement case against upstart Vonage by being awarded a 5.5% royalty for use of patented technologies with $58 million in past damages due. Specifically, Verizon holds a series of patents, including US 6430275 covering a means for tracking customer… Read More

  • Verizon And Sprint: Making Our Lives Better Part Deux

    In a less than surprising move, Verizon and Sprint are following AT&T’s lead and announced plans to allow customers to control their DVRs via mobile phone. Launching next week, Verizon customers will be able to program their TiVo sets for a monthly charge of $1.99 a month, which will work on more than a dozen models. Keep in mind TiVo customers can already program shows they want… Read More

  • Verizon Sales Rep Dishes on Contracts

    Consumerist is running an interview with a former Verizon rep who is spilling the beans on that company’s customer retention policies and confusing everyone in the process. Essentially, he’s describing the metrics Verizon uses to reward their sales force and punish the foolish customer. His best advice? Don’t get the 2-year contract and, if you play your cards right, every… Read More

  • Verizon Increases Text Messaging Allocations in Messaging Packages; No, Really!

    Your Verizon txt-msging plan just got the upgrade, free of charge. Reversing the trend of trying to bilk subscribers via texting fees, VZN today has announced that it is increasing the alloted messages in its messaging packages, in one case even doubling the number of messages that can be sent or received. You’d expect there to be a catch, like losing the ability to message other… Read More

  • Who Will Buy Alltel?

    Will Verizon really gobble up Alltel and become the nation’s largest mobile phone provider? The Wall Street Journal reported a possible merger two years ago, but that obviously never happened. We know T-Mobile and Cingular run on the GSM network so that rules them out and Sprint is busy fussing with the integration of Nextel’s network. That leaves Verizon as the only viable… Read More

  • Confirmed: V-Cast Mobile Video Pricing and Launch


    Laptop just confirmed that Verizon is launching V-Cast video tomorrow. The service will cost $15 a month or $25 a month for video and mobile web. There will only be a few markets at launch including Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, but expect UHF bands to clear up in other cities soon. This is mostly exciting for Verizon customers who like video on the mobile, which is something we are… Read More

  • "Can You Hear Me Now?"

    Verizon is looking to topple Cingular as the nation’s largest carrier and Alltel is standing in their way. So what does a big bully do in this situation? They buy ‘em out. Word on the street is that Verizon is putting in a bid to swoop up Alltel and beat out Cingular/AT&T by about 10 million users. If the FCC gives them the thumbs up we’ll have to hear that annoying… Read More

  • V Cast Mobile TV Gets Official


    Less than a week ago I filled you on the upcoming launch of the Samsung u620 which will be the first to sport Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV. Now the official launch of both the phone and service has been sparse, but a quick tinker on the testman page has revealed a firm date. March 1 will be the official launch date, but a listing of cities is no where to be found. Plug in your zip and see… Read More

  • Samsung u620 Sees Light Of Day


    Verizon’s Testman webpage has given us a glimpse of the forthcoming Samsung SCH-u620. Verizon’s Mobile TV will finally be set free, and the u620 will be the first device to showcase it. All other features are pretty ho-hum, nothing to get excited about. But it will have V Cast Music, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD slot and EVDO. Pricing is set at $149.99 with a two… Read More

  • Verizon's New Samsung Bends, Twirls, Rocks

    The Samsung SCH-u740 is now available from Verizon Wireless. It’s a great phone for those of you who can’t decide between small flip form factors and QWERTY-txting convenience, as it flips and transforms. In addition, it’s V-Cast capable, with external music controls. What’s really great is that this full-featured phone is only $149 (with 2-years in bondage), a great… Read More

  • Verizon Is Going To Jail

    Shame on you Verizon. First you run out on your wife, then get into a bitter battle over alimony. Now the telecom giant is going to jail for failure to appear in court. Some guy named “Poodleman” was hosed by Verizon when they double-billed him, messed up his credit and didn’t do anything to fix it. Verizon was sued, Poodleman won and he was supposed to be paid. Well Verizon… Read More

  • Verizon Ready for Battle

    Michael McKeehan, Verizon director of Internet and technology, declared today at FTTH that Verizon’s FiOS is ready for whatever bandwidths its competitors ramp up to. “If they offer 6Mbps, we go a bit better. We don’t see the need to ramp up the speeds just yet,” said McKeehan. The problem that I see, is an availability that comparatively is more limited than other… Read More